Fundamental Competencies for Engineers

Paperback | April 13, 2006

byA. Bruce Dunwoody, Patrick J. Cramond, Susan E. Nesbit

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Fundamental Competencies for Engineers is an innovative and accessible textbook that introduces first-year engineering students to the practice of engineering. It focuses on the development of a broad range of skills--from the 'soft' skills of teamwork and communication to the 'hard' skills ofengineering design and mathematical modelling--and presents these as 'fundamental competencies' that all engineers must master in order to be successful. By using a fictitious company, The Brunel Group, students are exposed to situations that will likely arise in their careers as engineers.

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Fundamental Competencies for Engineers is an innovative and accessible textbook that introduces first-year engineering students to the practice of engineering. It focuses on the development of a broad range of skills--from the 'soft' skills of teamwork and communication to the 'hard' skills ofengineering design and mathematical modelli...

A. Bruce Dunwoody is Associate Dean, Engineering Student Services, Patrick J. Cramond is Senior Instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Susan E. Nesbit is an Instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Carla S. Paterson is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, and Tatiana N. Teslenko is an Instructor in the ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:April 13, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195422171

ISBN - 13:9780195422177

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List of FiguresList of TablesPreface1. Introducing a Conceptual Model: The Brunel Group1.1. Company Background1.2. Competencies1.3. Projects1.3.1. Ore Slurry Pipeline1.3.2. Green Building1.3.3. Run-of-the-River Hydroelectric Power PlantPart I: Respecting Others2. Acting Ethically2.1. Introduction2.2. Engineering Ethics2.3. The Expansion of Engineering Ethics2.4. Micro-Ethical Issues2.4.1. Honesty2.4.2. Conflict of Interest2.4.3. Whistle-Blowing2.5. Macro-Ethical Issues2.5.1. Sustainable Development2.5.2. New Technologies2.6. Exercises2.7. References3. Working on a Team3.1. Introduction3.2. A New Paradigm3.3. What Is a Team?3.4. Team Development3.5. Team Roles3.6. Team Diversity3.7. Managing Conflict3.7.1. Competing3.7.2. Accommodating3.7.3. Sharing3.7.4. Avoiding3.7.5. Collaborating3.8. Exercises3.9. ReferencesPart II: Communicating Effectively4. Communicating: Principles4.1. Communicating as an Engineer4.2. Informative and Persuasive Communication4.3. The Communication Process4.4. Purpose4.5. Audience4.6. Content and Organization4.7. Style4.7.1. Clarity and Conciseness4.7.2. Cohesiveness and Completeness4.7.3. Correctness and Accuracy4.7.4. Tone4.8. Document Design and Format4.9. Exercises4.10. References5. Communicating: Applications5.1. Engineering Documentation5.1.1. Memos and Letters5.1.2. Reports and Feasibility Studies5.1.3. E-Mail5.2. Graphics5.2.1. Case Study5.2.2. Tables and Figures5.2.3. X-Y Graphs and Line Charts5.2.4. Bar Charts5.2.5. Pie Charts5.2.6. Flow Charts5.3. Oral Communication5.3.1. Listening Skills5.3.2. Speaking Skills5.3.3. Purpose and Audience5.3.4. Visual Aids5.3.5. Delivery Skills5.3.6. Body Language5.3.7. Eye Contact5.3.8. Posture and Movement5.3.9. Speaking Style5.4. Exercises5.5. References6. Communicating: Technical Drawing Skills6.1. Introduction6.2. Perspectives6.2.1. Isometric Projections6.2.2. Orthographic Projections6.3. Lines6.4. Dimensioning6.4.1. Dimensioning Rules6.4.2. Dimensioning Guidelines6.5. Sectioning6.5.1. Sectioning Rules6.5.2. Sectioning Guidelines6.5.3. Section Types6.6. Drawing Organization and Control6.7. Other Drawing Types6.8. Computer-Aided Drafting (cad)6.9. Exercises6.10. ReferencesPart III: Creating Solutions7. Mathematical Modelling7.1. Introduction7.2. Assumptions7.3. Relationships7.3.1. Conservation7.3.2. State7.3.3. Heuristic7.3.4. Compatibility7.3.5. Derived7.3.6. Other7.4. Variables7.4.1. Exogenous7.4.2. Endogenous7.5. Components and Phrases7.5.1. Differential Elements7.6. Validation7.6.1. Units7.6.2. Sensitivity7.6.3. Comparison with Known Solution7.6.4. Reasonableness7.7. Solution Strategies7.8. Example7.9. Exercises7.10. References8. Engineering Failure8.1. Introduction8.2. Definitions8.3. Identification8.3.1. Failure Modes and Effects Analysis8.3.2. Fault Tree Analysis8.3.3. Strengths and Weaknesses8.4. Prevention--Factor of Safety8.4.1. Sources8.4.2. Uncertainty8.4.3. Consequences8.4.4. Cost of Safety8.5. Controlling8.5.1. Redundancy8.5.2. Failsafe Design8.5.3. Progressive Failure8.5.4. Weak Link8.5.5. Operational Safeguards8.5.6. Summary8.6. Exercises8.7. Reference9. Designing Engineering Solutions9.1. Introduction9.2. Recognition of Need9.3. Problem Definition9.4. Information-Gathering9.5. Generation of Conceptual Solutions9.6. Concept Selection9.7. Concept Refinement9.8. Implementation9.9. Communication9.10. Last Words9.11. Exercises9.12. Reference10. Assessing Projects10.1. Introduction10.2. Assessing Projects and Engineering10.3. The Decision-Making Environment10.4. The Strategic Plan10.5. The Process of Assessing Projects10.6. Decision Statement10.7. Goals10.8. Alternatives10.9. Identifying Indicators10.9.1. Social Indicators10.9.2. Ecological Indicators10.9.3. Economic Indicators10.9.4. Non-Quantifiable Impacts10.10. Assessment10.11. Recommending a Project10.12. Summary10.13. Exercises10.14. ReferencesIndex